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Cocoa Lentil Cupcakes

You may be pleasantly surprised to learn about the secret ingredient in these delicious cocoa cupcakes. The UN has declared 2016 as the year of the Pulse. Know what pulses are? Dry peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cocoa Lentil Cupcakes
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 254 kcal
Author Yvonne


  • Lentil puree recipe follows
  • 1 1/2 c. organic granulated sugar
  • 1 c. organic safflower oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 c. unsweetend cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Lentil puree

  • 3/4 c. lentils
  • 2 c. water


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners or grease with cooking oil spray.   

  2. For the lentil puree bring the lentils and water to a boil. Cover and simmer for 7 to 9 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid.

  3. Add 1/4 c. of the liquid back into the lentils. Puree in a blender or food processor; set aside.

  4.  Beat the sugar, oil, and eggs together for 2 minutes. Add the lentil puree and vanilla to the creamed mixture. Mix for 1 minute. 

  5. Sift the dry ingredients, add to the batter, and beat for 2 minutes on high speed.

  6. Pour into prepared cupcake pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly (or toothpick inserted comes out clean). Remove from oven and place on cooling racks. Cool completely. Frost with your favorite icing.

Recipe Notes

At the CIA I made the most delicious Italian Buttercream. I found a great tutorial with step-by-step photos here: http://honestcooking.com/make-perfect-italian-meringue-buttercream-step-step/

Adapted from The Culinary Institute of America

Nutrition Facts
Cocoa Lentil Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 189mg5%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.